We pay Sen. McCaskill $174,000 a year for this kind of whining?

by: Natasha Chart

Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 06:00

Sen. McCaskill explains why the Senate can't be bothered to do anything about the climate bill:

Some senators are skeptical lawmakers will be ready to tackle another huge issue after finishing health care. "After you do one really, really big, really, really hard thing that makes everybody mad, I don't think anybody's excited about doing another really, really big thing that's really, really hard that makes everybody mad," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said. "Climate fits that category."

This is a grownup Senator talking?

Well, dagnabbit, I wish I'd thought of that when discussing future goals with ex-managers during performance reviews. 'No, no, I don't need to move on to any next project, I already did one really, really hard thing this year. And hold my calls, would you? They interrupt my Mahjong Titans time.'

But look, I've seen some of the Senate's other really, really hard work this year, and it sucked. Also, it was clearly written mostly by lobbyists anyway. Which is not only sleazier than having your Mom do your homework, it's lazier. It means these Senators didn't so much as have to supervise the staff manager that told the policy writers to stop screwing around and get that subparagraph on their desk, ASAP. That's like having your Mom's secretary do your homework.

This is some Subgenius level slacking going on up there in the Senate. If these Senators were on the government dime, why, someone might get angry about this. If we were paying for ... oh, right.

In closing, I can only sputter at this point. So I'm turning you over to the immortal inspirational speaking of George W. Bush. Here, in a 2004 debate with John Kerry, our former president laid out a nobler vision of a public service work ethic that, sadly, may deeply disturb Sen. Claire McCaskill:

Natasha Chart :: We pay Sen. McCaskill $174,000 a year for this kind of whining?

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"really hard thing that makes everybody mad" Everybody? (4.00 / 3)
What is she talking about? Health care reform and climate control don't make EVERYBODY mad. Period. And if she wanted to say "anybody", she shouldn't have become a Senator. You can't prepare an omelette without breaking some eggs.

The technical term is "bullshit." (0.00 / 0)
It's a waste of time to try to address bullshit as if it's anything other than bullshit. Just find out how much money she's taking from the fossil fuel industry and then run some ads against her in Missouri.


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OT, but what happend to the House Ballot count overnight? (0.00 / 0)
Down to +3.19? WTF? Did the Dems screw up massively yesterday???

Love it, Natasha (4.00 / 2)
This is the problem with electing politicians who believe in nothing more than their own re-election, so they can continue living a comfortable life with their powerful friends.  More better Democrats (or independents, or Crazy Monster Loonies, I don't care).

I'm afraid that (0.00 / 0)
This is the attitude of my senator.  Whining and useless.  

Conservative......CNN news:Nopenhagen: US PRES 2 WKS LATE ATTEND 1 DAY, GORE JOURNEY BY TRAIN.

Except that you're criticizing her from the right side, MM. (4.00 / 2)
This should be a signal for McClueless. What's it good for alienating progressive voters if she still can't get any love from the conservatives?

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McCaskill is a joke (4.00 / 3)
who's only purpose is personal ambition.

But she will not filbuster.  So ignore her tweets and ignorant statements, and realize that this kind of "moderate" Democrat is far better than Nelsen.

How Long Has It Been Since Congress Did Something Hard? (4.00 / 3)
I can't think of anything this decade.  They just let Bush run things.  The 1990s?  Nothing in particular comes to mind.  The 1980s?  Not really.

So, it's been a while.  They're out of practice.  Most of them have never done it before.

Plust, of course, the longer that Congress has ducked doing hard things, the harder the things have become.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

Absolutely right! (0.00 / 0)
Agree completely with your observation!  Of course, once Newt Gingrich took power in the House in 1995 the House leadership did not want to accomplish anything other than padding the pockets of their contributors for the next dozen years.  But before that I remember a few things where Congress at least enacted some things that were hard slogs legislatively - though not a great benefit to the average American.

Congress did some hard things when Tip O'Neill was Speaker - like raising taxes in face of Poppy Bush's opposition, but this was not doing something to better the position of the average citizen - just something to keep the train from coming off the tracks harder and faster.

Then there was passing NAFTA in 1993 - again, hard from a legislative standpoint but of questionable value to the average citizen.

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True, These Were Hard (0.00 / 0)
Sorry I didn't make this clearer.  There have been a lot of hard votes.  I was referring to the same thing McCaskill was talking about--things that were hard politically that took months and months and months to do.  Marathon struggles, as opposed to sprints.

NAFTA comes closest, I guess.  But most of the time it was in process it was not dominating the front pages.  It we primarily a backroom/inside pages struggle, which Clinton pulled off by making a lot of promises (legislative bribes in many cases) that were never kept.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Lindsey v Claire (4.00 / 2)
Lindsey Graham on passing green economy legislation with meaningful carbon limits:

"If you can't participate in solving a hard problem, why are you up here?"


it is a dark day indeed when Lindsey Freakin' Graham is looking more progressive than an alleged Democrat (4.00 / 1)
Lieberman's boyfriend has more green cred than a self-described progressive


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Graham is auditioning to be the next "moderate" GOP senator to cross the aisle (0.00 / 0)
and become a Democrat.

Hey, if Arlen frickin' Specter can do it, so can Graham.

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Not shying away from hard tasks does not make one progressive (0.00 / 0)
Does it?

"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."

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it's been working for Obama so far (0.00 / 0)

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I could slack twice that hard (4.00 / 4)
for only $173,000 a year. They should hire me.

Montani semper liberi

Spiegel notes the pesky problem that temperatures are not warming... (0.00 / 1)
In your last comment, you said earth is cooling down. (0.00 / 0)
Now you present a story that shows there has been a stagnation recently, but average stagnation. Actually, the arctic is becoming warmer, and some other parts of the earth cooler. The climate isn't staying the same, it's changing dramatically. So, that the average temperature doesn't climb aymore, or at least is climbing slower, is no reason at all to relax. It may be that two trends are working against each other now, or that the data is simply skewed.  But the  changes in the regiosn are for real, and they are the important point. And this will have farreaching consequences for mankind.

So, apart from changing the goal posts with every other comment, what's your effing point? Are you in total denial, and believe all others should be, too???

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